2015 Thermal Analyzers Product Survey Results

Thermal analysis is the broad category of at least 20 techniques that measure some fundamental property of matter as a result of adding heat. For example, dilatometry measures volume changes upon heating, thermomechanical analysis quantifies the change in dimension of a sample as a function of temperature, and thermo-optical analysis detects changes in optical properties upon heating or cooling.

By Trevor Henderson

Top 6 Questions You Should Ask When Buying a Thermal Analyzer

  1. If you are going to be analyzing x,y,z properties, ask if the company has any customers conducting the same type of work and if you can talk to them.
  2. Ask if you can submit a sample for a demo using specified conditions and, if so, how long this will take and whether a report will be provided.
  3. What type of post-sale application and technical support does the company offer, and how much will it cost you?
  4. What features distinguish the company’s instrument from their competitors’?
  5. What can the company tell you about the quality of the product, i.e., how it was manufactured and tested? This will help you determine the typical lifespan.
  6. What can the vendor tell you about the total cost of ownership, including expected consumables, software upgrades, service, and warranty costs?

Types of materials requiring thermal analysis used by survey respondents:

Polymers 46%
Organics such as lubricants, pharmaceuticals, paints, adhesives, etc. 43%
Minerals, inorganic chemicals, and other inorganics 27%
Metals / alloys 23%
Ceramic / glass/ building materials 21%
Other 18%

Physical state of materials being measured by thermal analysis :

Powder 59%
Liquid 43%
Thin film 34%
Fiber 25%
Gel 23%
Paste 21%
Foam 9%
Other 21%

Nearly 44% of respondents are engaged in purchasing a new thermal analyzer. The reasons for these purchases are as follows:

Replacement of an aging system
Addition to existing systems, increase capacity
Setting up a new lab
New application requiring different instrument

Top 10 features/factors respondents look for when purchasing a thermal analyzer:

Reliability 85%
Ease of use 70%
Low maintenance/easy to clean 65%
Safety 60%
Service and support 53%
Price 50%
Low operating cost of ownership 48%
Warranty 40%
Versatility 37%
Ease of installation 27%

For more information on thermal analyzers, including useful articles and a list of manufacturers, visit www.labmanager.com/thermal-analyzers

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